Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Scaridae
(Parrotfishes) > Scarinae
Etymology: Scarus: Greek, skaros = a fish described by anciente writers as a parrot fish; 1601 (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lacepède.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 25 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 32°N - 32°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 17 - ? cm
Max length : 47.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334); max. reported age: 20 years (Ref. 13619)
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to the Line and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Shark Bay, Western Australia and Lord Howe and Rapa islands. Absent from the Hawaiian Islands (Ref. 5439).
Usually found on exposed outer reefs, sometimes in very shallow water (Ref. 2334). Juveniles occur among coral and rubble of lagoon reefs. Grazes on benthic algae (Ref. 30573). Generally solitary (Ref. 1602). Often in schools of mixed species when feeding (Ref. 48636).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Parenti, P. and J.E. Randall, 2000. An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyol. Bull. J.L.B. Smith Inst. Ichthyol. (68):1-97. (Ref. 35918)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02138 (0.01211 - 0.03775), b=3.08 (2.93 - 3.23), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.45; tmax=20).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .